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Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers
Modern Blocks: 99 Quilt Blocks from Your Favorite Designers
by Provost and Professor of English at Wheaton College Massachusetts and Professor of English Susanne Woods
Edition: Paperback
Price: £14.79

5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Modern Inspiration, 17 April 2012
This is an excellent book full of fabulous ideas for modern quilt blocks. There are a staggering range of block styles including unusual pleated blocks, stylish paper-pieced blocks, traditional cathedral window blocks, and designs that include embroidery and appliqué, in short, something for everyone. The designs range from very simple, beginner's blocks to more complex blocks and all come with clear instructions and templates. If you are looking for inspiration for a quilt project or searching for blocks to choose for a quilting bee you will certainly be able to find a wonderful design in this book. The book shows only the blocks but I would love to have seen examples of them made up into quilts.
My favourite blocks included Three Wishes, Megan's Star and Windmill. If you are feeling inspired you can even join the Modern Blocks Quilt-Along over at Seamed Up [...]
I would highly recommend this book; it is a really useful resource, full of inspiration for the modern quilter.

Bags--The Modern Classics: Clutches, Hobos, Satchels & More
Bags--The Modern Classics: Clutches, Hobos, Satchels & More
by Sue Kim
Edition: Paperback
Price: £16.99

19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab bag book, 13 Mar 2012
This is a wonderful book absolutely packed with fabulous ideas for making bags. It contains 19 smart and stylish projects, with fairly simple patterns, suitable for beginners through to more advanced sewists. Instructions are straightforward and supported by clear images. If, like me, you are a visual learner who prefers to see how to do things, rather than read instructions, this book will suit you well.
The first section of the book gives basic sewing information and teaches some of the skills needed for bag making such as inserting magnetic snaps, making pockets and making piping. It also gives advice on choosing fabrics and working with colour.
The main part of the book contains 19 patterns, divided into three sections; small bags, clutches and large bags. Projects range from pencil cases and wallets to smart school bags and elegant clutches. The bags are all beautifully photographed and Sue Kim has used stylish modern fabrics to create some stunning bags. I especially liked the way each project is shown in a variety of different colours and sizes providing plenty of inspiration for fabric and colour choices.
In the interests of providing an unbiased and accurate review (and not at all because I am obsessed with making bags) I tried out the Market bag pattern using some lovely Loulouthi velveteen I had stashed. The pattern was well drafted and the instructions clear and simple to follow. Being a bit taller than average I lengthen the straps and was delighted with the result. I like big bags and the finished Market bag was roomy and comfortable to carry.
If you have a few sewing projects under your belt I would highly recommend this book. Beginners with some experience could probably attempt some of the simpler projects. There is plenty for the intermediate to advanced sewists too. The bags look fantastic, the fabrics are modern and stylish and this book will provide plenty of inspiration for sewing projects

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